White Eggs and Ham, American I Am

The title of this month’s Expat Focus column was based on an entertaining chase to track down as close to American-style Easter fare as I could find. As this is our first Easter in South Africa, I picked several people to invite who have never heard of some of our American traditions. Please follow this … More White Eggs and Ham, American I Am

Meanwhile Russia Hates America. So Kiss Me, I’m Irish!

Let’s face it. There’s nothing light about Russia’s most recent threat to reduce America to ashes. But there is also nothing new, thankfully, and all the blustering leaves ordinary Americans and ordinary Russians scratching our heads and wondering why we can’t just have a cookout (that’s a “braai” for you ZA’ers) with some hot dogs … More Meanwhile Russia Hates America. So Kiss Me, I’m Irish!

What Literary Character Are You?

I hate those quizzes. Have you seen them on social media? Which Downton Abbey character are you? Or, which Jane Austin heroine are you? Which Duck Dynasty star is your twinsie? (Stay with me ’til the end and you can take a quiz to find out which of Marla’s siblings you are…) Then they proceed … More What Literary Character Are You?

Eating Cao Lầu in Việt Nam: Ancient Well Water and Lye? Yes, Please!

Traveling through Việt Nam a couple of years ago I had the privilege of tasting authentic Cao Lầu noodles in the town from which they are famous: Hội An. Hội An is a trading town in central Vietnam, famous for its handmade clothing from the tailor shops and even more famous for Cao Lầu noodles. It’s … More Eating Cao Lầu in Việt Nam: Ancient Well Water and Lye? Yes, Please!

A Goodbye to The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno

I read that tonight, February 6th, is the final episode of The Tonight Show that Jay Leno will host. Although I love Jimmy Fallon, I have fond memories of being in the audience of both The Jay Leno Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and I thought he was as gracious to the … More A Goodbye to The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno

Chamizal National Memorial and “Persons in Between”

Welcome to Manuscript Monday! Tomorrow, February 4th, will be 40 years since Chamizal become part of the National Park Service (although it wasn’t until 1966 that it became Chamizal National Memorial). The once-disputed boundary lands of El Paso in the United States and Juarez, in Mexico now contain a peace memorial thanks to a treaty … More Chamizal National Memorial and “Persons in Between”

Doggles: The Latest in Fashion Accessories for Humans?

I was preparing a few posts for next week when I came across some old photos of the time we bought Baxter a pair of Doggles. Doggles are eyewear for dogs who like to hang their heads out car windows. I had been reading about retinal tears in the eyes of dogs enjoying fast highway … More Doggles: The Latest in Fashion Accessories for Humans?